It’s Not All Mary Poppins

A Spring Tradition

One of the nice things about working with small children is that you get to rediscover all the fun little rites of childhood. The “sticks-on-a-fence” game, for example.

Here’s another, which we’ve only been able to play this week, some of us for the VERY FIRST TIME!

Here we have a puddle. Yes, I know. Those of you from warmer climates will look at that and see only ice and snow. But those of us Who Know Winter see the underlying truth: that is a puddle! A puddle with a skin of ice on top.
A puddle with a skin of ice on top, extending down the length of the street!!

Now, attend to that picture for a moment. See the grey-white blobs in the ice, just at the edge of the snow? Those are air bubbles. they tell you that what you’re seeing is not a solid slab of ice, but — this is the best! — it’s an ice layer which only sits on the water beneath.

Puddles like that are custom-designed for small children. Because when you stomp on them? The ice shatters! Cracks! Crumples beneath you!

Oh, the noise! Oh, the destruction! Oh, the power!
Oh, how I wish there’d been enough ice for me…

March 15, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. would have been nice to see the snow and ice, but to us who are in the equatorial region, it will never happen. but we used to let our children play during the rainy season, so they can explore their abilities

    Comment by eric | March 16, 2013 | Reply

  2. Aw, Owl is missing out on this, since we live in the Land Of No Ice.

    Comment by IfByYes | March 16, 2013 | Reply

  3. Oh, I totally remember doing this as a kid. It never lost it’s charm. 🙂

    Comment by Rebecca | March 16, 2013 | Reply

  4. I mean “its” charm. Darn.

    Comment by Rebecca | March 16, 2013 | Reply

  5. SO fun! My kids love stomping on the ice too!

    Comment by jbjokne | March 17, 2013 | Reply

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